I just picked up a Guild Pilot in a swap and I have really been enjoying this bass. Back in 1987, I bought a Pilot 5, it was the first nice 5 I ever owned and i kept it about three years. I always had fine memories of that bass, and this Guild i have now, also a 1987 model is showing me why I liked it so much. I know that some might prefer a more traditionally shaped bass, but this old '80s bass has great electronics (EMGs) and a wonderful neck and build quality. Those of you who want an MIA Fender or a Skyline JO or DJ should check out a Pilot if you are short on cash. I bet well set up, a Pilot would do well in comparison to some boutique Fender style basses, remember, Pilots listed for around $800 habck in the late 1980s. At 4% inflation, these basses would list for $1,300 and would probably have a street price of $900 if they were still made in the states. I just read the Pilot section of Jim Roberts, American Basses and it said that Fender shut down Pilot construction when they bought Guild. I guess they didn't want such a high level of competition for MIA Fenders. Instead the later Pilots were made in Korea by DeArmond. I know I would love to get my hands on another Pilot5, it feels really good to go back and kind of revive an old love, even if it is with the four string version.